I just got back from a Thanksgiving weekend trip at the Westin Monache. We pulled in at midnight from a long drive and before my husband even stopped the car the front desk lady was at our car's door helping us out. She whisked our bags out of the car and up to our rooms immediately. Check-in was the fastest I've ever experienced. The room was a studio, but it was fine for my husband and two small children, ages 4 and 6. They slept on the pull-out sofa. I loved the bay window - a perfect place for the kids to play their DS and for me to watch the snow falling. We had a pool view - very nice.
I could see how the studio might be a little short on space for some people, but we didn't have much ski/snowboard equipment so we were just fine.
The most important thing I look for in a hotel is cleanliness. I'm a clean freak and Lysoled everything before my kids could touch anything (even though it was after midnight), but the room seemed squeaky clean before doing this. That really impressed me and allowed me to relax. Housekeeping came a little after 8 a.m. on the first morning and asked what time she should return. I told her 11 and every day after that she came at 11, allowing us time to eat breakfast and get ready.
We cooked all breakfasts in our room which saved a lot of time and money. We had a cute kitchenette with pretty much everything you need to cook (except an oven - but I wasn't planning on baking a turkey or anything). It was great!
The location was perfect - right across a small street from the Village. We ate lunch at The Pita Pit - highly recommended - super fresh and reasonably priced. During the weekend we were there Santa visited and they had entertainment. It's really quite a quaint area.
We took the Redline shuttle up the mountain to ski. It's free and right in front of the Village. It's easily walkable from the hotel, but if you've got lots of ski equipment, it might be better to take the hotel's complimentary shuttle to the Redline shuttle stop. We walked it just fine with the two kids in tow.
The Westin has a nice area outside the pool area where we played in the snow. The front desk let us borrow a sled that a past guest had left and we had a ball in the beautiful scenery.
The Thanksgiving buffet dinner at the Whitebark restaurant was to die for! My compliments to the chef. He did a spectacular job. EVERYTHING my husband and I tasted was delicious! My daughter said the mashed potatoes were the best she had ever eaten and my four year old son even ate his vegetables! The service and food was extraordinary. That was the only meal we had at the hotel, and it was awesome!
My kids loved the Kids Club. It was open from 4 to 9 and was free! They did art and had all kinds of things for the kids to do on their own. Just remember to tip the girls who are watching your kids. They're really nice and extremely patient.
The concierge, Buck, was willing and helpful to answer any questions about the area and activities. Nice and knowledgeable.
My husband and I agreed that our stay was perfect and plan to come back in April.
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Monache Resort Mammoth Hotel Mammoth Lakes
- Westin Monache Hotel Mammoth
- Westin Mammoth Lakes
- Mammoth Lakes Westin